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8 December 2015: The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail


The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail

Akira Kurosawa
1945 | 57 min | B/W | 35mm  

This early Kurosawa film is based on a traditional story that exists in both Noh and Kabuki stage versions, with director making use of elements from both. A young nobleman has to cross a checkpoint in his flight from a vengeful brother, and impersonates a porter to do so; one of his juniors has to beat him to make the deception more convincing, but thereby violates one of the prime tenets of the feudal code.

Part of our Akira Kurosawa season